02/23/2014

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

We have been wanting to go back to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for awhile. Last time we were there was in 2012. It was kind of a last minute decision, we had a rental car and decided to put some miles on it. Ended up leaving around 7:00 am, after our quick stop at Starbucks.

Before arriving at the ticket window we were greeted by a magnificent hawk, allowing the close-up capture below (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Raptor Detail - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

A greeter for the Desert Museum.

We decided to get the family annual pass ($75) instead of purchasing two tickets ($39 for two). For Mr. Jimmy it would have only been $17.50 (Seniors). 🙂

Raptor Free Flight – 10:00 am

Each day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm (thru April 14th this year) they have a Raptor Free Flight live animal presentation. They feature different birds during each show. Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the morning show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Strike A Peregrine Pose - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Peregrine Falcon posing for the photographer

Hummingbird Aviary

You can’t miss the Hummingbird Aviary while you are at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum! Below is very up close capture (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Tongue Of A Fledging  - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

A macro shot from the Hummingbird Aviary

Below is a short video of the hummingbird above.

Raptor Free Flight – 2:00 pm

Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the afternoon show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Harris Hawk Soaring - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Raptor Free Flight from a different view point

 

More Than A Few Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Map

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on our trip to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Adios!